Melanie Schlanger

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Melanie Schlanger
Personal information
Full name Melanie Renee Schlanger
Nickname(s) "Mel"
Nationality  Australia
Born (1986-08-31) 31 August 1986 (age 28)
Nambour, Queensland
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Commercial Swim Club

Melanie Renee Schlanger OAM[2] (born 31 August 1986), also know by her married name Melanie Wright, is an Australian freestyle swimmer. She trains at Southport Olympic under Glenn Baker.

She was a member of the Australian 4×100 m freestyle relay team that won gold at the 2007 World Championships.

At the 2008 Australian Swimming Championships she qualified as a member of the 4×100 m and 4×200 m freestyle relay teams by coming third and fifth in the respective individual events.

At the Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics, she swam the third leg in both the heats and the final of the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay as Australia qualified sixth before claiming the bronze in the final. She swam in the heats of the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay and collected a gold when the first-choice quartet won the final in a world record time.

Schlanger anchored the 4×100 meter relay team to overcome a late surge by the Netherlands to win the gold medal for Australia, the only gold medal for the Australian swimming team at the 2012 London Olympics.

Schlanger wed fellow Olympic swimmer Chris Wright in September 2014.


  1. ^ "12th FINA World Championships". Archived from the original on 6 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  2. ^ /search.cfm?aus_award_id=1140120&search_type=advanced&showInd=true "Schlanger, Melanie Renee". It's An Honour. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 

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